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Brett Stegmaier is tied with teammate Matt Every for the lead at the SEC Championships

Saturday April 17, 2004Every, Stegmaier, No. 1 Men's Golf All Tied For Lead At SECs

Sea Island, Ga.

Brett Stegmaier is tied with teammate Matt Every for the lead at the SEC Championships

Sophomores Matt Every (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Brett Stegmaier (Madison, Conn.) each fired a five-under 65 and share the lead as the No. 1 ranked Florida menís golf team made up 14 strokes to tie Day One leader Georgia during the second round of play on Saturday at the 2004 SEC Championships at the Seaside course at Sea Island Golf Club.

Florida was the only team to shoot in the red during the second round, notching a three-under score of 277 to put the Gators in a tie with Georgia at 560 (E) entering the final round at the par 70, 6,898-yard course. Aubun is third at 565 (+5), followed by South Carolina at 575 (+15) and Tennessee at 579 (+19). In addition, Florida and Georgia are both just one stroke off the record pace after two rounds, which was set by Georgia in 2001.

"Itís amazing what 24 hours can do," Florida coach Buddy Alexander said. "These things have a way of evening themselves up for the final round. It was a good day for the Gators. Weíre back in the hunt and expecting good things tomorrow."

Florida is in the hunt for its second consecutive SEC title, which would also be the Gatorsí eighth victory of the season and 12th top-five finish Ė both of which would tie school records. Should Every or Stegmaier, who sit at 137 (-3) Ė one stroke better than Georgiaís Brendon Todd and Alabamaís Clint Provost, claim the win it would be the 20th time and third consecutive occasion that a Gator has won the SEC individual title following Stegmaier last year and Camilo Benedetti in 2002.

Everyís second-round score was a career best, while Stegmaierís was the second best of his career after shooting a 64 en route to winning SECs last year. Every is in contention for his third title of the season, which would be the most by a Gator since Chris DiMarco won five tournaments in 1990. If Stegmaier claims the win, he would be the first player to win the event in consecutive seasons since Floridaís Phil Hancock accomplished the feat in 1975-76.

Everyís in a strong position to finish in the top 10 for the ninth time in 11 stroke play tournaments this season, while Stegmaier could finish in the top 10 for the third time this year. Their second-round scores of 65 also tie for the eighth best in Florida history and tie for the second best by a sophomore in school history.

"We saw terrific golf from Matt and Brett today," Alexander said. "Iím really proud of the way they both played today."

Senior Camilo Villegas (Medellin, Colombia) is tied for 12th after a second-round score of 72 (+2) left him at 142 (+2) and ended his streak of consecutive even or under par rounds at 10 Ė the second longest stretch by a Gator in nearly 20 years. Still, Villegas is in the mix for what would be his 16th top-20 finish in his last 17 tournaments and his fourth in as many tries at the SEC Championships.

Junior Duke Butler IV (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) carded a five-over 75 and is tied for 19th at 144 (+4). With a solid round on Sunday, Butler IV could post his fourth career top-20 finish. Freshman Jessie Mudd (Louisville, Ky.) also shot a 75 on the second day, leaving him in a tie for 31st at 148 (+8).

The final round of the SEC Championships begins Sunday morning. Tee times and live scoring can be found at www.secsports.com

TEAM STANDINGS

Place

Team

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T1.

Georgia

269

291

560

E

T1.

Florida

283

277

560

E

3.

Auburn

281

284

565

+5

4.

South Carolina

294

281

575

+15

5.

Tennessee

283

296

579

+19

6.

Kentucky

287

293

580

+20

7.

Vanderbilt

295

288

583

+23

8.

Alabama

280

304

584

+24

9.

LSU

298

295

593

+33

T10.

Ole Miss

302

294

596

+36

T10.

Arkansas

300

296

596

+36

12.

Mississippi State

297

302

599

+39

FLORIDA RESULTS

Place

Player

1st Round

2nd Round

Total

Over/Under Par

T1.

Matt Every

72

65

137

-3

T1.

Brett Stegmaier

72

65

137

-3

T12.

Camilo Villegas

70

72

142

+2

T19.

Duke Butler IV

69

75

144

+4

T31.

Jessie Mudd

73

75

148

+8

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